Today’s BIG 3: 2/22

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Dallas based Jr lightweight Vergil Ortiz is perhaps the brightest prospect in the boxing world. He is becoming an in-demand staple of Golden Boy cards and plans to challenge for a world title by the end of 2019. He takes another step towards that goal on the sports biggest stage, the undercard of the mega unification bout between Canelo and Daniel Jacobs in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile arena on Cinco de Mayo weekend. The opponent at this time is unknown, but logically will be another big step up fight for the 20-year old Texan who has been nothing short of sensational in his young career. Ortiz has stopped every opponent he’s faced 12-0 (12) and put away Jesus Valdez in five rounds in his native Texas on the undercard of Munguia-Inoue last month in his most recent outing.

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olden Boy’s other mega-prospect “King Ry” Ryan Garcia is also set to return in a renewing of the Puerto Rico vs Mexico rivalry. The 20-year-old lightweight will take on Jose Lopez (20-3-1) at the Fantasy Springs Casino, in Indio California on March 30th. Lopez is coming off of a stoppage loss to Johnathan Oquendo back in October in his native Puerto Rico a fight where Lopez had his opponent dropped in the first round. Despite the loss, the 24-year-old Puerto Rican is a game opponent with wins over Orlando Cruz and Miguel Angel Gonzalez. Promoter Oscar De La Hoya said “These are the kinds of fights that Ryan Garcia must win to become a world champion, He has all the makings of a global star, so it will be interesting to see how he can overcome this challenge. At the same time, Lopez is a tough fighter who really needs a win, so he’ll do everything he can to end Ryan’s undefeated streak. I expect a sold-out crowd at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino to be present for a full card of action and on the best platform in boxing, DAZN.”

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The world premiere of PBC FIGHT CAMP: Errol Spence Jr vs Mikey Garcia will air this Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET on FOX. The four-part documentary series will be similar to Showtime’s All Access and HBO’s 24/7. It will follow both IBF welterweight champ Errol Spence and Lightweight world champ and challenger for Spence’s belt Mikey Garcia around inside and outside of training camp as the two pound for pound elite world champions prepare for battle in Spence’s hometown of Dallas on March 16th.

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